NBA Daily Fantasy 3/7: DraftKings Most Undervalued Players Regardless of Matchup
There are an abundance of great plays based on matchups for tonight’s NBA action. Look no further than the Los Angeles Lakers contest at the Denver Nuggets. But when it comes to a day with 11 games, sometimes we can get too caught up in matchups and not simply realize how undervalued certain players are. This is a common occurrence when someone returns from injury, or, a teammate comes back and his salary takes an unnecessary reduction. Granted some of these players will be involved in great matchups, but here you will find a list of players who should be considered regardless of that.
(All salaries via DraftKings)
Ty Lawson $7,300 – For some bizarre reason, Lawson’s salary decreased one game after he returned from injury. He was an $8,000 salary guy before his rib fracture and he’s posted 61.5 and 42 FPTS in his two games since his return.
Will Bynum $3,800 – This just doesn’t make sense to me. Bynum was finally bumped from $3,000 to around the $4,000 mark, but other than his poor outing vs. the Bulls, he’s averaged over 25 FPTS in his last nine games. He’s not a great GPP play, but is solid in 50/50 and H2H formats.
Kent Bazemore $4,600 – Bazemore is posting 29 FPTS since joining the Lakers. He’s getting roughly 30 minutes per game, even with more Lakers getting healthy, and he’s contributing in multiple statistics. He’s more around a $5,500 guy.
Randy Foye $5,200 – Lawson’s return has now resulted in a near $1,000 decline. Foye’s minutes have reminded the same and since Denver is clearly a better team with Lawson, Foye has a greater chance for consistent minutes without the blowout potential. Foye is more effective at SG and the people taking the biggest hits fantasy wise are Aaron Brooks and Evan Fournier. Foye should have stayed near $6,000.
Dion Waiters $4,400 – Waiters is back, and his salary declined all the way to $4,400. With C.J. Miles still out and that Waiters was around $5,500 to begin with, this is just ridiculous.
Jerryd Bayless $4,200 – It’s true that Bayless will lay an egg here and there, but his salary hasn’t moved despite playing 30-plus minutes with Avery Bradley out compared to his usual 20. He’s taken double-digit shots each time he’s logged at least 30 minutes in this stretch and is an adequate contributor
Kyle Singler $4,100/Courtney Lee $4,000 – Both are usually not primary options in the offense, but they both get great minutes now that they are permanent starters. They are rarely duds, despite usually having a 30 FPTS ceiling. They’re slightly undervalued for GPPS and H2Hs.
Amare Stoudemire $4,300 – Since being implemented into the starting five, Stoudemire is getting 30-plus minutes and has therefore recorded 29.5 and 34 FPTS in his last two games. Even though his salary has been bumped to $4,300, this isn’t enough no matter who he’s going against.
Elton Brand $4,400 – Granted Paul Millsap is returning, but I’m predicting Brand continues to start at center without much of a decrease in minutes while Millsap plays the 4. Brand has logged 34.6 minutes since the All-Star Game and is averaging 28.6 FPTS.
Andrew Bogut $5,500 – Bogut is going to get his usual minutes soon. This may start happening tonight, or at the very least, in the next week. Bogut’s salary is too low for his typical 1.04 FPTS per minute average when he starts getting 30 minutes each night.
Alexis Ajinca $3,600 – If you’re wondering why Ajinca is a huge boom or bust for his low salary recently, it’s because he’s had at least three fouls in nine of his last 10 games. Keep in mind, he’s only logged 24.1 minutes during this stretch. When he stays out of foul trouble, he has superb value. This is sort of a matchup thing and I wouldn’t play Ajinca against someone like Dwight Howard, but Ajinca is also running bad as well.
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